Entries from August 2011

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Generation Kewl, Daddy’s Leaving

The Spielberg Generation–by which I do not mean Steven Spielberg’s own Baby Boomer Generation (he was born in 1946), but the generation that grew up on Spielberg films and whose fractured families are often represented in Spielberg films–is now suffering separation anxiety as still another “Daddy” has abandoned them. Generation Kewl’s surrogate father, Steve Jobs, […]

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Zombie Economics

Readers of a certain age will recall George H. W. Bush’s (i.e. George I, not his idiot boy, George II) characterization of Ronald Raygun’s proposed economic policies when they both were running for the Republicon presidential nomination in 1980: “voodoo economics.” Laurie Essig has a better metaphor for it: “zombie economics.” Writing for the Chronicle […]

Friday, August 5th, 2011

WWJD? Rick Perry, Antichrist

Republicon governor Rick Perry has declared a public day of prayer and is organizing a major national public prayer event, using the typical language of the 17th-century jeremiad: America in crisis . . . facing doom . . . must act now . . . But what would Jesus do? Fortunately, we know without any biblical ambiguity, […]

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Coming to Our Senses?

OK, American; you’ve had a taste of what life under Republicons would be, and you don’t like it. As reported today, “Disapproval of Congress at Historic Level,” in the New York Times: The debate over raising the debt ceiling, which brought the nation to the brink of default, has sent disapproval of Congress to its highest […]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Conviction and Responsibility

George Packer, writing in the 25 July 2011 New Yorker: The sociologist Max Weber, in his 1919 essay “Politics as a Vocation,” drew a distinction between “the ethic of responsibility” and “the ethic of ultimate ends”–between those who act from a sense of practical consequence and those who act from higher conviction, regardless of consequences. […]